Let's See How Inventive We Can Be

March 25, 2020

Hebrews 10:24-25 

Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. (MSG)

It's been such a whirlwind the last few weeks. Only a month ago, coronavirus was something far away, not something here in New Jersey. Now all of us are practicing social distancing and learning to adjust to our new "normal". I want to thank all the people who are working in the field of the essential jobs and we are praying for you who have been affected by the closure of the non-essential jobs. Yet in these challenging times, I have been enjoying additional time at home. Well, at least most of the time. For myself, I have been spending a lot more time with my energetic boys who seem to always want to play a board game, read a book, play with their tablets, and stay up even later than their usual bedtime. As I desire to be a better husband and father, I am confronted with the reality that I am still a work in progress. Praise God there is grace for imperfect people like me!

With all these things, I am also reminded that we are all part of the body and we need to "consider" (ESV), "consider thoughtfully" (AMP), or "see how inventive we can be" (MSG) to the call to "stir up one another to love and good works" (ESV). Sometime I can reduce fellowship to catching up and seeing how everyone's doing, and fellowship is a part of that. But fellowship also has a greater meaning to partnership because of a common goal, interest, and heart. In this passage, biblical fellowship calls us to proactively encourage one another that moves others into greater acts of love and action. Of course, we can't be reckless, but we, the church, are called to care and love people creatively and wisely. 

It was awesome seeing over 70 family units join us on Sunday morning and to hear various fellowship groups meet online. How else can we use God's grace of knowledge, skills, talents, and expertise to love each other more creatively? With the coronavirus, there are potential pitfalls towards greater social isolation and feelings of loneliness, but let's hear God's call to fight for one another. The challenge is that we can't do fellowship exactly in the same way. We should have the same heart, same spirit, same goal, but a more creative method. So, church, let's consider a way to worship God and love another in a new and fresh way. Will you join me today and consider how to spur someone (may I suggest one person inside and another person outside your immediate family) toward love and good works?

Author: Pastor Daniel Furuyama
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